It's Official: the $2.5 Million Bugatti Chiron Replaces the Veyron

Bugatti has finally confirmed the name of the Veyron's supercar successor.
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Bugatti has finally confirmed the name of the Veyron's supercar successor.
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Bugatti officially released the name of its upcoming supercar, the Chiron, a 16-cylinder, 1,500-hp monster whose top speed could approach 300 mph and an estimated price tag of $2.5 million. The exotic car company indicated that the Chiron will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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But the interwebs already knew about the rumored name change, and many of us have already seen the Chiron prototype, thoughtfully snapped on an Italian roadway by photographer Erico Hessel.

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As expected, the Chiron bears a strong resemblance to the Vision Gran Turismo that Bugatti exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The Chiron's name is a tribute to Louis Chiron, an early 20th-century Bugatti race car driver. The name is pronounce "kie-ron" and it refers to a mythological centaur. So the Chiron replaces the Veyron, which was the fastest car in the world when it debuted. Look for The Chiron to aim to reclaim that vaunted title.

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Photos by Bugatti